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By Rodney Stark

ISBN-10: 1599474123

ISBN-13: 9781599474120

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ISBN-13: 9781599474458

A few years in the past, a debate among atheists and non secular believers spilled out from the halls of academia and the pews of America’s church buildings and into the general public highlight. A crop of atheist manifestos led the cost, surmounting and conserving the tops of the nonfiction bestseller lists. This offensive caused an outpouring of spiritual rebuttals. As either side exchanged lively volleys, accusations have been leveled; myths, stereotypes, and strawmen arguments have been perpetuated; and sour hostility stuffed the air. this present day lots of those misconceptions and myths linger on, in addition to the widely acrimonious spirit of the debate.

In America’s Blessings, exclusive researcher Rodney Stark seeks to transparent the air of this hostility and debunk a number of the debate’s most generally perpetuated misconceptions by means of drawing from an expansive pool of sociological findings. the measurable results of spiritual religion and perform on American society, Stark rises above the fray and focuses solely on proof. His findings may well shock many, atheists and believers alike.

Starting with a historic evaluation, Stark strains America’s non secular roots from the founding of the rustic up throughout the cutting-edge, exhibiting that religiosity in the United States hasn't ever been constant, static, or monolithic. apparently, he reveals that non secular perform is now extra normal than ever in the US, regardless of any claims on the contrary. From right here, Stark devotes entire chapters to unpacking the most recent learn on how faith impacts varied aspects of recent American lifestyles, together with crime, relatives lifestyles, sexuality, psychological and actual future health, sophistication, charity, and total prosperity. The cumulative influence is that once translated into comparisons with western ecu international locations, the USA comes out on most sensible time and again. thank you in no small half to America’s wealthy spiritual tradition, the country has a ways decrease crime premiums, a lot greater degrees of charitable giving, greater future health, enhanced marriages, and not more suicide, to notice just a couple of of the advantages.  

In the ultimate bankruptcy, Stark assesses the monetary impression of those non secular realities. It seems that trust advantages the yankee economy—and all three hundred million electorate, believer and nonbeliever alike—by a conservative estimate of $2.6 trillion a yr. regardless of the atheist outcry opposed to faith, the notable end is obvious: all american citizens, from the main spiritual between us to our secular acquaintances, rather should count number our blessings.  

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Many years in the past, a debate among atheists and spiritual believers spilled out from the halls of academia and the pews of America’s church buildings and into the general public highlight. A crop of atheist manifestos led the cost, surmounting and conserving the tops of the nonfiction bestseller lists. This offensive caused an outpouring of non secular rebuttals.

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